It seems inevitable that at every meeting of Rye Town Council (RTC) problems relating to traffic in the town, whether stationary or moving, will be raised. Last Monday, October 31 was no exception.
With the Chamber crowded to the point of standing room only, the residents of New Road, Kings Avenue and South Undercliff had come to hear their representatives address the council.
We have reported before on the concerns about traffic speed in New Road and recently a meeting of New Road and Kings Avenue residents was held at the Rugby Club (itself in New Road). Under the chairmanship of Paul Osborne, who is also Chairman of Rother District Council (RDC), general concern had been expressed that unless some form of traffic calming measures were instituted, it would be only a question of time before a serious accident and possibly a death would occur. A residents’ committee has been formed, a number of possible solutions, from simply advancing the 30mph signs further down the road to more aggressive calming methods have been discussed, and, with the support of Paul Osborne and also Keith Glazier (leader, East Sussex County Council – ESCC), a meeting with Highways England has been arranged.
Following representations from the committee spokesman, Mark Estcourt, the council voted to give its support.
The Council then heard from several South Undercliff residents, occasionally at some length. A meeting had previously been held with Rye MP, Amber Rudd and she had advised them to organise a petition listing their concerns. These include both quantity and noise of traffic as well as the proximity of passing vehicles to some of the houses and pollution, addressing both RTC and RDC. This has now received 104 signatures from both South Undercliff and Fishmarket Road and support was sought – and received – from RTC with a view that this should go forward to Highways England. Both RDC Councillor Lord Ampthill and ESCC Councillor Keith Glazier, who were in attendance, were also supportive.
It should be noted that Rye is not on the Highways England list of areas where any road improvements are envisaged or deemed necessary but it is just possible that, with the right support as evidenced at this meeting, together with that of Amber Rudd MP, groups of active and articulate private individuals may be able to influence a change of attitude
Later in the evening. at a meeting of the Planning Committee, the question of cameras in Lion Street was briefly referred to. Councillor Boyd continues to investigate this. At the same meeting Anthony Kimber, Chairman of the Rye Neighbourhood Plan committee confirmed that version 8 of the Plan was almost completed on the website and that all transport issues raised by both the public and the council had been addressed. He was unable to give a firm date for completion, but the indications were that it should not be too long before this magnum opus (and it is undoubtedly that) would be ready for full inspection by the public.
Kenneth Bird and John Minter
Image Credits: Kenneth Bird .